“When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit. But if a single leaf holds the eye, it will be as if the remaining leaves were not there.” -Takuan Soto
What a crazy, surreal concept.
There are so many different kinds of love: a mother’s unconditional love for her child, a person’s love for their dog, empathetic love for your friends, grateful love for people who have helped you in your life, fleeting love for the guy who lets you in the slam-packed lane on the beltway, and unexpected love for the person who sends you a letter that rocks your world and changes your life.
To love, your heart must function properly, you must have the capacity to give: true love is about giving and not taking. Love inspires creativity and self-expression. Love makes everything around you glowy, even the rain-provoking bad hair day leaves you unaffected. You glide through the day and when someone gives you the finger, you smile and say, “Thank you.”
To love is one of the greatest risks in life, because you allow someone else to have access to your soul. Some people are born lovers, while others are either extremely closed or have suffered heartbreak to such a great degree that they no longer trust others enough to embrace love once again.
Once upon a time, I broke up with a guy because I felt unappreciated. The next day, when I left for work, I opened the door to find a trail of rose petals leading to my car. On the hood of my car, there was a letter that said, “Please forgive me, let’s get back together!” We did not get back together, because our relationship no longer worked. I have been fortunate to have had many emotional Valentine’s Day experiences: surprise trips, spa dates, massages, and romantic dinners with him wearing just an apron. I used to look forward to Valentine’s Day, because I couldn’t wait to see how much he loved me, you see, Valentine’s Day was the one day we celebrated love.
Until I discovered how to live love. I met a man, and everything fell into place, naturally. He tells me he loves me every day, and he is so attuned to my needs that he makes sure he has products for my sensitive skin needs for when I sleep at his house. We go for a forty minute walk every day and talk. He talks. We communicate. He asks me for advice and gives me advice when I need it. We shop on Amazon together, and when I need tampons, he runs to CVS to get me my Organyc, once again he actually thinks about my sensitive skin. He cooks for me and rubs my head when I’m stressed. I have never felt so totally appreciated and so thoroughly loved in my life. I never remember Valentine’s Day with him, because every single day is like this huge love celebration.
To all of the lovers who will find their Valentine’s Days filled with pink boas, chocolate hearts, blingy things, stuffed animals and passionate sex…enjoy the moment.
To all of the women who truly do not have time to dedicate to honoring love at this moment because you are too busy juggling roles as Mother, Woman, Worker, Cleaner, Chauffeur,know that once the roles start coming together, and you get that groove back, Valentine’s Day will still be there waiting next year.
How to Survive Valentine’s Day
To all of the women who love and are not loved back by that particular someone to die for:
- Call a girlfriend. Women have a miraculous sixth sense for just the right thing to say at the perfect moment to make you feel loved AND appreciated.
- Avoid ALL Social Media: The roses, jewels and surprises galore on social media during Valentine’s Day will make you dry heave. Stick your head in your kindle and read an Oprah book.
- Send a love note and flowers to yourself: There is no one in this world you should love and appreciate more than yourself. Write a list of ten reasons why you are so special, fold the paper and stick it in an envelope. Place it in your night table drawer and read it before you go to sleep. You know your favorite flowers better than anyone else, so why not hit the supermarket and buy yourself some flowers to place in your home? If the note and flowers still don’t work, add a Nutella milkshake. Treat yourself as you wish to be treated, so that when you do welcome love into your life, you will never accept less than what you truly deserve.
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